Dr. Jim Curtis, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity & Computer Science

Dr. Jim Curtis, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity & Computer Science

This year, the Walker School of Business and Technology welcomes a new faculty member that truly embodies the Webster University mission and values: Dr. Jim Curtis.

Dr. Curtis is an assistant professor of Cybersecurity and Computer Science. He has lifetime career experience in the Cybersecurity industry at the federal and private levels. He had been teaching courses as an adjunct professor until the opportunity arose to dedicate his career fully to educating.

Curtis grew up in Gilman, Illinois, and studied at Texas State University and the University of Oklahoma. As a young man, Curtis considered an occupation as a history professor. This was inspired by one of the most influential figures in his life, Abraham Lincoln. Despite forgoing that path, he was later able to be a part of American history himself by serving in the Air Force. Curtis dedicated 25 years of service to our country in the Air Force, including a tour in the White House as a communications officer for President Bush (41) and Clinton.

Curtis describes the job of a White House communications officer as one that took him “all over the world,” where he was a part of many historical moments. Some of the moments that stand out to him include: having dinner in the Queen’s Throne Room in Buckingham Palace, riding in Air Force One, viewing the signing of the START II nuclear treaty by President Bush and President Gorbachev in the Kremlin, witnessing Clinton nominate Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court, and Michael Jackson singing at Clinton’s Inauguration. His military experience includes spending 2,000 hours in EC-135 “Looking Glass” aircraft and serving in the Gulf War.

After retiring from the Air Force, Curtis worked in private industry at A.G. Edwards until the events of 9/11. At that point, he decided he wanted to serve the country again. He then worked on government defense contracts at SRA International as a Vice President until transitioning to full-time teaching.

His experiences have given him the ability to integrate real cybersecurity experiences and scenarios into his curriculum. He is enthusiastic about the importance of the program and its high career projections. Curtis believes that academia is a crucial component to private and public partnerships to unite for the common goal of cybersecurity in America.

His career experiences and global perspectives will greatly enhance the program and have a lasting benefit to students. We are very fortunate to welcome such a valuable asset to the Walker School family.

Dr. Eric Rhiney speaks at 2016 President’s Dinner

On August 26, 2016, in Speakers, by Walker News

The Walker School’s Dr. Eric Rhiney, Assistant Professor of Marketing was the keynote speaker at the Webster University 2016 Faculty Dinner on August 18. Dr. Rhiney was asked by President Elizabeth Stroble to speak at the event, hosted at  Majorette, as faculty members gathered to enjoy each others company and share a meal.

mbaenvironment1The Walker School’s online MBA program was named one of the Top 15 Online MBA Programs in Environmental Sustainability 2017 by Online MBA Today.  Webster’s program was ranked 5th for it’s MBA with an Emphasis in Environmental Management.

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ST. LOUIS – Jeff Haldeman, professor of management in the Walker School of Business & Technology has a new change leadership book out with Cognella Acaemic Publishing.

haldemanbookIncorporating ideas and insights from diverse sources, Ready for Anything: The Making of a Change Leader examines organizational change leadership from a radical, existential perspective. By drawing on disciplines outside the business field, the material broadens readers’ understanding of how organizations live, breathe, grow, and die, and empowers them to act.

“The purpose of the book is to broaden understanding and deepen people’s ability to act during organizational change,” said Jeff Haldeman, author and professor of management at Webster University. “As managers and employees, we must personally change if we are going to effectively resolve the organizational dilemmas accompanying change. We need to change our point of view and the framing of our experience. We can choose to be stymied, cling to previous ideologies, or walk with determination through the deserted wasteland that is our present transitional home. It’s up to us. There is no easy way out. This book offers a unique perspective on how we can change ourselves to meet the challenges of external change.”

Each chapter features an essay on a change-related topic, brief case scenarios, and reflection questions that encourage self-examination and discovery. Combining a holistic view of management and leadership with a dedication to the view that everyone is responsible for the reality they create, both at work and in life, Ready for Anything:The Making of a Change Leader offers a fresh, vital viewpoint that will benefit courses on management and organizational behavior.

The book will be used in a number of courses within the Walker School including Practicing Change Leadership (CHNG 5000) and Organizational Development and Change (DMGT 7520).

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Can You Hear Me Now?

On June 10, 2016, in Career Insight, by Walker News

Have you ever experienced a moment when you realized that the thing you asked your staff, teammates, or even your children to do yesterday still hasn’t been done – even when you gave them very clear instructions? It’s easy to point blame, but consider this: it could be they really didn’t hear what you thought you communicated.

We often don’t effectively reach our goals because we fail to take into account how we communicate. Studies have shown that communication is the most common thing managers do, spending 60% to 80% of their time communicating with their teams. However, stats also suggest most managers are bad communicators. In one relevant survey, 86% of managers thought they were good communicators, but only 17% of the employees surveyed said their managers did indeed communicate effectively. Another survey uncovered that only 14% of people rated their managers as “good” or “very good” communicators.

Even if you’re not a manager, realizing the importance of good communication is still your responsibility. The hours wasted on projects that have to be redone because of the lack of communication between coworkers is staggering. Similarly, the job seeker often struggles with how to communicate their skills in a way that sets them apart.

Changing the way you communicate isn’t easy, but I do have three simple words to help you make this change easier: Repeat, Confirm and Clarify!

REPEAT what you thought you heard or ask those receiving the instructions to repeat what they heard. You might be surprised at how their understanding of what you said is actually quite off.

Secondly, CONFIRM the deadlines. Everyone must understand the expectation and urgency of the matter at hand. For example, job seekers should always confirm when they should expect to next connect after an interview. Say things like, “If I don’t hear from you by this date, can I follow up?” This keeps the process and line of communication moving.

Lastly, CLARIFY how to communicate back that the duty or task is done. Is a presentation in order? Will a phone call suffice? Find a tangible example of how this communication will take place.

A plan to Repeat, Confirm and Clarify may sound simple, but it can be a challenge if you’re in a rush to get back to a project or move on to the next one. It also gets more complicated the more people you have to communicate with.

So ask yourself if there’s evidence you might need to develop a better communication strategy. If so, take time and effort to truly be heard, simply starting with three simple words: Repeat, Confirm and Clarify.

Once you master this approach consistently, you’ll like the answer you get when asking, “Can you hear me now?!”


Daviddavid hults-web Hults is the CEO of Activ8 Careers, a Career Coach, Author and Speaker. For more career tips, visit his blog, CareerStr8Talk.com, and website, activ8careers.com.


Bill Hall Election Day Interview

On March 15, 2016, in Faculty Insights, In the News, by Walker News

Bill Hall, a Walker School adjunct professor who teaches History of American Business, will appear on KMOV-TV again tonight at all or parts of the 4:00pm, 5:00pm and 6:00pm Channel 4 news program. His interview will cover today’s Primary Elections in Missouri.



The Walker School of Business & Technology Walker EDGE program hosted an internship fair for Webster students on Wednesday, February 17, in the East Academic Building, Commons Area. This opportunity enabled students to get their resumes in the hands of potential employers who want to hire Webster students as interns and featured companies from a variety of industries.

Participating in an internship allows students to gain practical experience and make valuable connections. Walker EDGE and Webster University’s Career Planning & Development Center have partnered with many multinational companies to develop internship opportunities for Walker students.IMG_0977


Keep an eye out for more opportunities.




The Webster University School of Business and Technology marketing program attended the 55th Annual Student Marketing Conference. The conference, sponsored by the St. Louis chapter of the American Marketing Association, was held in St. Louis on February 19, 2016. The conference featured presentations by several regional marketing professionals who emphasized the knowledge and skills that graduating marketing students need to be successful in career positions in the marketing field. We are pleased to announce that Kelsey Meyer, a graduating marketing senior, was recognized as the Outstanding Undergraduate Marketing Student from Webster University for the 2015/16 academic year. This award was given for her superior academic achievements in the undergraduate marketing program at Webster University.

In addition to obtaining her BA in Marketing degree, she is now working full time in a marketing position with Jager Boston, a Clayton based brand development firm.

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Attending the conference also were: Dr. David J. Brennan, Professor of Marketing, Dr. Eric Rhiney, Assistant Professor of Marketing, and Dr. Donna Cartwright, Adjunct Professor of Marketing and several Webster University seniors (Kelsey Meyer, Michael Dintleman, Taylor Robison, Ellen Fritschle, Matt Lang, Lucas Truong and Zach Pawlowski)



Joe Roberts, director of the entrepreneurship program and associate professor of management at Webster University’s Walker School of Business & Technology was recently quoted in the St. Louis Business Journal on how to acquire a commercial bank loan.

To read this article, please click here.


Interview with Prof. Bill Hall on KMOV-TV4

On February 19, 2016, in Announcements, In the News, by Walker News

Bill Hall, a Walker School adjunct professor who teaches History of American Business, will appear on KMOV-TV4 on their early morning segment next Monday, February 22nd, at 5:00AM and 6:00AM to talk about the 2016 Presidential Primary Race. Please tune in for the interview.

In case you missed the interview, please click here to view the video on KMOV’s website.